Oct 21 2013

How I’m saving time and money with a grocery delivery service

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Grocery shopping online with my 3-week-old.

 

Going to the grocery store is one of my least-favorite tasks. There’s the list making, sales circular browsing, driving to the store, browsing aisles, reading labels, price comparing, waiting in the checkout line, loading  groceries in my car, driving home…

…and then if one or more of my children are with me, there’s a whole ‘nother set of to-dos: making sure they’re fed ahead of time, have been to the restroom, are in a good mood and in reasonably clean clothes.

If they’re with me, we always end up getting things that aren’t on my list. You know how it can be.

Ain't Nobody Got Time For Dat

The time, brain cells and sanity required for an outing such as that just…ain’t nobody got time for that.

I never could get to a point where I was going to the grocery only once per month (see: grocery prices are going way up, and what I’m doing about it and saving time and money with Amazon subscribe & save).

It’s usually a weekly or every 10 days sorta deal with me.

No more.

In addition to my Green Bean Delivery bin which contains fantastic produce and locally sourced meats and etc., (which I love so much!), and my Amazon subscribe & save orders, I’ve added another delivery to my doorstep: groceries. All of them.

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There’s a company called Peapod that services Chicagoland, Indianapolis, Milwaukee and SE Wisconsin, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, D.C., Philadelphia and SE Pennsylvania.

How I’m saving money:

  • Peapod has a store brand with reasonable prices and quality
  • They have weekly sales, with prices comparable to what I’d pay in person
  • You may use manufacturer’s coupons (and printable ones from the internet) and they double up to $0.99
  • I see my cart total as I add items to it. I can easily keep my total under a certain amount. I can also review my list to weed out impulse purchases, or walk over to my pantry/freezer/fridge/garage stash to make sure we actually need a given item, vs. buying it while at the store to ensure we do have it
  • No using gas! A minimal savings for me, as most of the places I shop are within 5 miles one-way. But it adds up.

In addition, the web interface and app (I’m using the one for Android) has nifty features to help save:

  • You can search for an item and then sort by unit price, item price, items on sale, etc. This way, you can see your options immediately, rather than having to do the comparison and math while at a store.
  • Your past purchases are saved to a list, and there’s a button where you can view those items that are on sale for the current week.

More ways to save:

:: Visit blogs that do weekly coupon matchups for Peapod, such as Mashup Mom and InGoodCents

:: Delivery charges range from $6.95 for an order of $100+, $7.95 for orders $75+, or $9.95 for orders $60+. But, it’s pretty easy to use coupon codes or promotions to get the fee waived or reduced. When I signed up, there was a code out there for free delivery for the first 60 days. Further, if you select your delivery time during certain hours/days, you could save $1-5 off your order.

:: If you bank through PNC as I do and are enrolled in their Purchase Payback Cash program, click over to see if you have an offer for Peapod available. I did, and it was good for a $15 credit (15% up to a $100 purchase, one time only, expires 10/27).

:: If you live in the Philadelphia market, there’s a coupon code available for $20 off your first order (AFFL20). For everyone else, there’s one for $15 off (PPCJ15). I don’t think you can stack it with the $10 off referral code (where you’d get $10 and I get $10), so do the highest-dollar amount deal you can for you. But hey maybe both will work?

:: If you use Upromise to help save for college, you can link your Peapod account and earn if you purchase participating products.

:: Print coupons from sources such as MyPoints or Swagbucks to earn bonus points on those respective accounts, while saving the amount of the coupon. You can get 10 Swagbucks for every redeemed coupon, and 10 for MyPoints with an additional bonus for redeeming 10+ coupons in a month.

:: Pay with a cash-back or points-earning credit or debit card, of course.

I could probably save money if I took my coupons and price-matched at Walmart, or got more from Aldi or a warehouse store. But time and sanity are worth paying a little more for, ya know?

How about you? Do you use Peapod or a similar grocery delivery service? Would you, even if it meant paying a little more for your groceries?

p.s., as glowy and lovey as this post is, I wrote it on my own accord. Links are affiliate.


Oct 14 2013

The post-baby wardrobe revamp

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Tell me I’m not the only one here: I’ve noticed that after having each of my three babies, I’m suddenly inspired to rework my wardrobe and hone my personal style.

Maybe it’s because I can finally wear pants that have belt loops again — so I’m inspired to actually use a belt.

Or that I can see my feet while standing upright — so then I want to put on shoes that I think look cute, rather than the flip-flops I’ve worn for the past few months simply because I could fit into them and put them on without assistance or bending over.

For me, there’s something that needs to follow the whole boxing-up-maternity-clothes ritual. At two weeks out, I own one pair of jeans that fit me properly. I own several that are too big, and the rest of my pre-pregnancy jeans are too small. I know that as time goes by, my body will return to my normal and I’ll fit into my old clothes again.

At the same time, do I want to fit into those clothes? Do they make me feel comfortable in my own skin? Semi-stylish? Not frumpy?

I have long admired women who maintain wardrobes of things they love and fit them well, and yet do not require massive closets.

My goal is to curate a wardrobe containing only pieces I love. I remember what it was like to wear my favorite outfit to school when I was younger. I walked a little taller and felt a little more confident in my (extremely awkward, gangly) body.

Why can’t I wear a ‘favorite outfit’ every day? I don’t need 100+ combinations of unique outfits, after all.

And another thing — why do clearance racks cause me trouble? Just because the price is dirt cheap, and the item sorta fits me, it doesn’t mean that item needs to come home with me. It seems I’d be better off to ignore the price initially and decide on an item based on it’s own merit.

So I’m drawing inspiration from posts such as:

What does this have with money?

Well — if I can shop more deliberately, and buy better-quality items that last longer, then (hopefully) I will save money overall. I’m tired of purchasing items because they’re ok and they’re cheap. What does that get me? A closet with things that don’t necessarily go well together, things that don’t hold up to the washing machine/baby urp, and things that don’t make me feel all that great. It doesn’t mean I am not going to look for sales or coupon codes — it just means the discounts won’t drive the purchase.

I don’t know if you’d have an interest in me blogging my way through any of this (please let me know yea or nay).

If this is all I end up saying here on the matter, I guess I’ll end this post with:

We’ve gotta wear clothes anyway. Why not wear clothes that fit us well, that we enjoy wearing, and present us at our best?

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Hey! I'm Kacie, wife and mother of 3. I write about my family's finance: how we save money, improve our spending, and plan for the future.

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